The Firefighting Catcher

Updated: August 20, 2007, 3:36 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Waiting for batting practice to begin before last Wednesday's National Pro Fastpitch game, Mackenzie Vandergeest stood chatting by the Chicago Bandits dugout with Jennie Finch and Cat Osterman, Finch's arms draped over her shoulders in a moment of casual camaraderie, as if Vandergeest was the piano tuner catching up on old times with Beethoven and Haydn before a concert.

Working with pitchers, even two of the best pitchers the game has ever seen, demands a certain amount of ego management ...

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